MASS PROTEST

Kilifi PAA aspirants, officials want primaries held after protests

On Tuesday chaos erupted in some polling stations and the exercise had to be called off.

In Summary

• In Mnarani, an aspirant took off with ballot boxes at Mavueni primary and Mnarani primary polling stations.

• In Ganze, voting was stopped after chaos erupted. Supporters of one of the aspirants questioned why their names were not on the register.

Pamoja African Alliance aspirants in Kilifi want the party to hold nominations for all elective seats.

This followed mass protests due to what aspirants term "a bad criteria of picking flag bearers".

The majority of the party supporters were not satisfied with the results released by the National Elections Board after it interviewed aspirants to determine who would get the ticket.

On Tuesday chaos erupted in some polling stations and the exercise had to be called off.

In Mnarani, an aspirant took off with ballot boxes at Mavueni primary and Mnarani primary polling stations.

The incident occurred while party members were planning to protest against missing names on the party register.

In Ganze, voting was stopped after chaos erupted. Supporters of one of the aspirants questioned why their names were not on the register.

Some supporters in Mnarani demonstrated at the PAA offices in Kilifi demanding that nominations be held in areas where there are two or more aspirants seeking the party ticket for the same seat.

After the disruption, aspirants were summoned by party youth president Senior Samir Nyundo.

Nyundo said they will organise a meeting with the National Elections Board to address the grievances.

He said the party has the financial capacity to organise credible nominations so that every aspirant can participate in a fair process.

“I would like to make this clear by today no aspirant has been issued with a nomination certificate by the party,” he said.

Some of the aspirants had claimed on social media that they had received nomination certificates and urged "losers" to support them.

Aggrieved aspirants included Malindi MP aspirant Kenneth Karisa, Kilifi North MP hopeful Bendera Wilson, Kilifi South MP aspirant Sofie Kombe, and several MCA aspirants.

“I would like to tell our party leader Governor Amason Kingi to be alert,” Karisa said.

Wilson said PAA belonged to the people of Kilifi.

 Kombe said women are the majority of voters, but the manner in which things were going was discouraging.

“We want justice to prevail, that as women we will walk with you if you walk with us,” she said.

Emily Nazi, an agent in Mnarani ward, said they expected their home-grown party to embrace democracy by ensuring free and fair nominations.

“What happened was shameful for the party. As residents, we are tired of being swallowed by outside parties. We want nominations to be conducted afresh,” she said.

Alfred Majaliwa, an MCA aspirant in Mwarakaya ward in Kilifi South, said they have invested a lot in the party and urged the party leader to take action, failing which they will use the same force to bring it down.

Edited by A.N

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